09 June 2007 | Seward,Ak
OK I've upgraded to a premium account.
Warning: I am not a writer, I am a power plant operator. In school I finished in the top 75% of my English class (joke). Therefore, please don't be too critical of my grammar or punctuation.
As I said in the first installment if I thought this would work out I would upgrade to a premium account and post some video of the whales in Sunny Cove. I'll do that as soon as I possibly can. I have put a few photos in my photo gallery.
Now for little bit about us. My name is Dan. I was born and raised in Kansas, a flatlander who never saw the ocean as a child. Kansas was a wonderful place to grow up. When I was in fourth grade I read a book called "Only in Alaska", and decided that was where I wanted to live. After marrying young, my ex-wife and I decided to move to Alaska. I been in Alaska for 28 years now. The dream I had in fourth grade about moving to Alaska has become a reality. Cruising the world has been another childhood dream of mine since I was in seventh grade and I read a book called "Dove". I will make that dream a reality. Someone once said "The dreams you have his children are the most important ones." Or something like that. I must agree. I'm 48 and love sailboats.
I was married for 13 years and have three children, the twins, Amy and Angie are 27 years old, my son Casey is 22 years old. As with a lot of people, life interrupted my dreams. It's so easy to get into a day-to-day grind. I'm not complaining mind you, because my daily grind has been very rewarding, but not without bumps. I have been divorced from more years than I can remember. My children live in Colorado, and I don't get to see them as often as I would like. Bla Bla Bla!
On a more upbeat note, I'm currently with a wonderful woman, Fay, who is my first mate in life and on the boat. Fay has two children, Dawn and Michelle. Fay also has four grandchildren, two of which, we are raising. I'm not foolish enough to tell you how old Fay is, but I will tell you that when she was eight years old she was twice my age. You do the math. Kendra is 13 years old, and if you are around teenagers, you'll understand that she can be quite a handful. Tammy is 12 years old, and a special-needs child, and can also be quite challenging. I love my family and am very proud of all of them. We also have quite a menagerie at our house. We have a Blue and Gold McCaw, named Pita. We have two cats, Pogo and Flash. We have a rabbit named Boots, and we have a new addition to our menagerie, and eight-week-old pug named Pugsley.
We call Seward, Alaska our homeport, although I live in Anchorage! I started sailing about 11 years ago after taking a class from Sailing Inc.. The first few years we just chartered. I didn't get my first boat until I turned 40 , so I've pretty much wasted the first half of my life. Our first boat was a Catalina 30. She was a very nice boat, and I worked hard to keep her shipshape. I'm proud to say that she was in better shape when I sold her then when I bought her. I'm also happy to say that her new owners, Joe and Bonnie, seem to love her as much as I did. I've only had my new boat for about a year and have fallen in love with her too. Throughout the winter I work on her when I had time and have made numerous improvements. We took possession of our new boat in July of 2006. This is the first full season I'll have on her. I can get over how much difference 6 ft. makes. Our new boat is so much more comfortable then our last boat. Our new boat has more bells and whistles than our last boat. But our new boat is just an interim boat to tide us over until we get our cruiser. This boat will allow us to gain more experience and confidence for our world cruise. In a few years I plan on starting my search for our perfect cruising boat. I'm planning to like in the 42 to 45 ft. range. Although I don't believe I would be afraid to take this boat around with a few modifications.
Well that's enough for now. There will be more to come, so stay tuned.